From trick-or-treating, dressing up for a spooky night out with friends, or staying in watching a scary movie, Halloween has always involved enjoying some of life’s greatest guilty pleasures—candy and cocktails! As I’ve gotten older, the Kit-Kats and Skittles have turned into one too many drinks, but all the same would result in me not feeling so hot the next morning: bloated, puffy, skin dried out, the works.
There’s no limit to what a sugar overload can do to the body, especially in the long term, but even just a single night of indulging can lead to mood swings, fatigue, unwanted cravings and signals of false hunger being sent to the brain. These sugar-induced hangovers also weaken the immune system and can cause stress on the body. Just like when we are under any external stressful situations, this sudden increase in blood sugar activates the sympathetic nervous system, putting our bodies in fight-or-flight mode (aka the sugar rush), and ultimately releasing large amounts of hormones including cortisol. Then, within an hour of those sugary treats, blood sugar drops (the “crash”) and the body produces even more cortisol to compensate and bring blood sugar levels back up. Long story short, this blood sugar rollercoaster is not a ride you want to be stuck on.
Now, I’m not saying you can’t celebrate, but just bear in mind that Halloween is more about making memories with friends and family, so let’s watch our sugar consumption (alcohol counts here too!). And if things do get a little crazy (let’s face it, we’re all human), lets’ at least be prepared with how to bring our bodies back to a normal state the next day with a little detoxing!
1) Hydrate: Turmeric Tea
We want to start flushing out toxins from body, so between having plenty of quality H2O, you can further upgrade your water with some additional healing ingredients. I love making this turmeric tea whenever I’m in need of an immune boost, and thanks to high amounts of curcumin found in Turmeric, it also has incredible anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties-- think heart health, digestion relief and glowing skin!
- 8oz of water
- 1 teaspoon turmeric (fresh or ground)
- 1 teaspoon ginger (fresh or ground)
- ¼ teaspoon of black pepper
- Juice of ½ lemon (optional)
- Pour water to small saucepan over stove and add ingredients stirring well. Once brought to a boil take off and enjoy!
2) Get moving
If you don’t feel like you have a full hour in you, try doing even just a 20-30 minute streaming workout. And if that’s still pushing it, go for a long stretching series! Try taking a walk, especially if it’s a nice day and let your body absorb the sun’s natural vitamin D. Whatever energy you can muster up, know that exercise releases endorphins, in turn helping you to feel better and recover faster. It’s important to get the body moving to help increase blood circulation and wake your muscles back up!
3) Let Food Be Thy Medicine
It’s always important to fuel the body with lots of nutrients, vitamins and minerals, but this is especially true the day after a not-so-nutritious night out. That next morning, your body is depleted, so you’ll want to opt for foods that are hydrating, balancing, and easy on the digestive system. As tempting as greasy food may sound, trust me from experience, it will only make you feel worse. Start the day reaching for some high-antioxidant berries, some gut-friendly pineapple, and immune-boosting citrus fruits like orange or grapefruit. For lunch, try going for lean protein, cooked green veggies and a serving of healthy carbs-- think sweet potatoes and brown rice. Soups or bone broths are great options as well if you are experiencing some extra bloat. Check out our Youtube channel for some healthy inspiration.
4) Sleep Early
It’s likely that you didn’t sleep very well the night before, as those late night sugary snacks keep cortisol levels high and rearing to go, so you’ll want to take care to get a full night’s rest the next evening. Try taking an Epsom salt bath, which has magnesium to help to flush out toxins and relax the body and mind. Hitting the sauna is another great option to calm the nervous system and keep the detox going. Chamomile tea before bed helps me unwind, and I try to be better about reading a book rather than reaching for my phone. A nice final touch that my wife has been loving recently is using an eye mask to ensure drifting off to sleep smoothly and soundly.
Did you dress up for Halloween? What’s your favorite candy, and how do you recoop?
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Post by Stephen PasterinoHi, I'm P, founder of P.volve. I'm passionate about fitness, wellness, and all of the healthy lifestyle choices in between. Get more out of your workouts by staying up to date with our Blog, where I share all of my fitness secrets.
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